The UCSF Chancellor’s Circle

The Chancellor’s Circle is a community of visionaries who are deeply connected to UCSF’s core mission of advancing health worldwide. 

Through their annual contributions, Chancellor’s Circle members pave the way for the university’s sustained excellence in groundbreaking research, outstanding patient care, and top-ranked graduate-education programs in the health sciences. Members are not bystanders but partners in UCSF breakthroughs. 

Front-Row Seats

The Chancellor’s Circle provides members with opportunities to actively engage in UCSF: The Campaign, the university’s herculean effort to meet today’s grand challenges in health care – improving health, revolutionizing care, and achieving health equity. Through dynamic, social events, members enjoy access to Chancellor Sam Hawgood, world-renowned faculty members, and UCSF’s top leaders and volunteers. 

Chancellor’s Circle members learn about groundbreaking discoveries in health during exclusive events throughout the year. Past opportunities have included experiencing the world’s first video game prescribed for ADHD – guided by the scientist who created it – and sharing meals with the psychiatrist who isolated the known genes for autism and the scientist who identified the BRCA2 gene mutation, which elevates risk for breast, prostate, and ovarian cancers.

Join the Circle

UCSF Chancellor’s Circle members are asked to make an annual gift to the Fund for UCSF, an unrestricted fund the chancellor uses for the university’s most pressing needs. 

$5,000 – $24,999
This contribution affords members an invitation to our annual signature event, which showcases exciting discoveries made and presented by faculty leaders. 

$25,000 – $49,999
All the benefits listed above, plus:

  • An invitation to UCSF council programs, exclusive gatherings with academic, scientific, and donor leaders in the areas of cancer, neurosciences, diabetes, and cardiology, among others.
  • An opportunity to participate in UCSF Insights, an inspirational speaker series about health issues that matter most to members and their families.

$50,000 and above
All the benefits listed above, plus:

  • Opportunities to attend small gatherings with Chancellor Sam Hawgood and world-renowned innovators and clinicians in intimate settings.

Join the circle to fuel sustained excellence in research, education, and patient care.

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2019 Chancellor’s Circle: Why Big Data Matters

On February 5, 2019, Chancellor Sam Hawgood, UCSF alumna Priscilla Chan, and UC Chief Data Scientist Atul Butte gathered with Chancellor's Circle members and friends of the university to learn about the importance of health data in diagnosing and treating disease. 

Dr. Butte spoke about the critical role of data in diagnosing and treating disease and how UCSF – and UC Health in general – has over 15 million patient records that could transform the health-care landscape as we look at all facets of a person’s health data.

Attendees sat among UCSF faculty members and learned more about the remarkable work taking place at UCSF as we pioneer new ways to access and assess health care for all.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS, is the Chancellor and the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Atul Butte, MD, PhD, is the chief data scientist of UC Health, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor, and director of the UCSF Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute. Priscilla Chan, MD ’12, is co-founder of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.